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Alan 1:08 Thu Oct 24
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are stepping up their pursuit of Napoli and Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz, 23, and sent a scout to Wednesday's Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg. (Guardian)

Tottenham are tracking Gremio's Brazil forward Everton Soares, with chief scout Steve Hitchen recently watching the 23-year-old in the Copa Libertadores. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal will make a cut-price move for RB Leipzig's French centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 20, to ease Unai Emery's defensive worries. (Sun)

Chelsea scout Piet de Visser has urged the club to re-sign Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, 24, from Bournemouth. (Sky Sports)

Juventus are in talks with Mario Mandzukic over a move away from the club in January. The 33-year-old Croatia striker has been a target for Manchester United. (Mirror)

Manchester United will look to sign two strikers in January as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands extra firepower. (Star)

Monaco have an option to buy their on-loan Leicester and Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 31, and sources abroad say the fee is a quarter of the £29m the Foxes paid for him in 2016. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid have identified Athletic Bilbao's Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon, 22, as a potential replacement for Belgium stopper Thibaut Courtois, 27. (El Desmarque, via AS)

Brendan Rodgers has told midfielder James Maddison that Leicester is a place for him to "flourish" amid interest from Manchester United in the 22-year-old Englishman. (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Tottenham's Harry Kane as one of the finest strikers in the world but admits his side are unlikely to be able to prise the 26-year-old away from north London. (Evening Standard)

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says he would be interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, who will become a free agent in January when his LA Galaxy contract expires. (ESPN)

Unai Emery has revealed Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 26, was a potential transfer target when he took over as Arsenal head coach last year. (Evening Standard)

Derby, Huddersfield and Swansea are monitoring Fleetwood midfielder Kyle Dempsey, 24. (Football Insider)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in a young, English right-back in January, with Norwich's Max Aarons and West Brom's Nathan Ferguson, both 19, high on his shortlist. (Mail)

Manchester United have identified Borussia Monchengladbach's 22-year-old Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria as a replacement for Ander Herrera, 30, who left for Paris St-Germain in the summer. (Bild via Express)

West Brom are considering making a bid to re-sign English striker Dwight Gayle from Newcastle in January. The 29-year-old scored 24 goals on loan at The Hawthorns last season. (Sun)

The Premier League has drawn up plans that would see games played just nine days before the 2022 World Cup begins in Qatar on 21 November. The league would then resume on Boxing Day, eight days after the World Cup final, in order to minimise disruption. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Ashdown

What time is it? Nope, not Dinner, Question or Hammer. It’s Rumour Time! Well, it’s probably more like half-past Rumour Time, in all fairness, but let’s not allow tardiness to diminish our fun, eh?

First to Spurs, where Mauricio Pochettino is planning a clear out. So say cheerio to Serge Aurier, toodles to Victor Wanyama, farewell to Eric Dier, later days to Danny Rose, bon voyage to Toby Alderweireld and au revoir to Jan Vertonghen. And it’s hello to £18m Sporting Lisbon ace Bruno Fernandes, welcome aboard to Gremio playmaker Everton Soares, what-ho to Norwich’s Max Aarons, ahoy hoy to West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson and how-do-you-do to Mainz hotshot Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Manchester United, meanwhile, want RB Salzburg’s prolific Erling Braut Haaland, although the 19-year-old is also being watched by … well basically everyone. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria is also making a soft blipping noise on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s radar.

Dayot Upamecano remains a target for Arsenal, with Unai Emery hoping to bolster the centre of his shaky back four. The RB Leipzig player would set the Gunners back around £40m. And in other Unai news, Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón is a target for Real Madrid.

Wolves have found the fire of their summer passion for Benfica’s Ruben Dias are not quite been extinguished. They’ll be back in for the defender come January. And the Molineux club will face competition from West Ham in a tug-of-war over £36m Milan man Suso.

And Papy Mendy, Daniel Amartey and Filip Benkovic are all heading for the door at Leicester.


Westley delivers Holland first team verdict

Much has been written about Nathan Holland’s chances of being involved in the the first team squad for the game against Sheffield United on Saturday. And after learning that the left winger had been training with the first team all week we asked former Academy director and Claret and Hugh’s exclusive blogger TERRY WESTLEY the $64,000 question: “Should he be involved?” Here Terry gives his view on that and the likely future for another exciting youth prospect – midfielder Joe Powell.

Terry Westley is talking to Hugh Southon

In the days way back when I worked with the late Sir Bobby Robson and John Lyall they both adopted the same thinking when blooding young players.

They believed that their introduction gave everybody – players and fans alike a big boost because they come with a totally fresh approach and are always likely to do something different.

It happened with Declan of course and then Grady Diangana – the same will be true of Nathan and I believe he should he be in this weekend’s squad.

He has done everything that could be expected of him at Under 23 level, may well be the best player in the league at that level, and has been training with the first team squad all week. Personally, I have to say I believe he should be on the bench this weekend.

Some will point to the Oxford United match when he wasn’t seen at his best but the same accusation applies to everybody on that night. He can do more than he has been doing – scoring and making goals. I hope his time is here.

Joe Powell was mentioned very favourably after the Stoke match by lead coach Dmitri Halajko but he’s behind Nathan in my view and I reckon the club are likely to say he should find a top League One or Championship club in January.

He is a fine midfielder who is developing all the time and I would think that’s the way forward for Joe.

West Ham could make an immediate £120k saving on their weekly wage bill this winter by letting two players in the last year of their contracts move on should they find clubs.

And it would leave them with the cash for either a decent striker, left back or possibly central defender in the bank should Manuel Pellegrini decide to go that way.

Pablo Zabaleta who is believed to be on around £70-80k a week – has made it clear this will be his last season in the Premier League whilst Carlos Sanchez is a luxury at 50k and would be on his way should a club move in for the 33 year old.

Zaba’s departure – which I would personally find very sad – is covered by the rising youngster Ben Johnson at right back whilst we have several youngsters who would surely be as effective as the Colombian. Joe Powell is the first who springs to mind.

With question marks surrounding Robert Snodgrass, it could become a more interesting window than many will be expecting!

The Star

Sheffield United: Boss Chris Wilder has his say on the Carlos Tevez Affair 12 years on as his side prepare to face West Ham United this weekend

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has had his say on the Carlos Tevez Affair 12 years on, as his Blades side prepare to face West Ham United this weekend.

By Danny Hall

A rivalry between the Blades and Hammers was cemented a dozen years ago when the London club were fined for fielding two players, Tevez and Javier Mascherano, who were later discovered to be owned by a third party.

That directly contravened Premier League regulations but the division’s panel decided to only fine the Hammers for the indescretion, rather than dock points. Crucially, Tevez was also allowed to continue playing for West Ham until the end of that season, and scored on the last day of the campaign at Manchester United to seal his side’s survival – and help condemn United to the Championship.

United subsequently sued West Ham and eventually won a payout of around £20m, but did not regain their place in the Premier League until over a decade later.

And ahead of Saturday’s trip to the London Stadium, Wilder said: “A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. It was a long time ago and I actually have a big admiration for West Ham, the way they’ve gone about things.

“They’re a similar working-class club to us, the supporters want to see good football and the team work hard.

“What happened at the time was nothing to do with fans or supporters; it was an administration situation which got decided by the Premier League at the time.

“There’s been banter and bits and pieces on social media since but this is a new group of players and a lot has happened at West Ham since then.

“We’re going to enjoy going to the London Stadium and we’ll see if we can keep our great record away from home intact. West Ham have a fantastic home record and it’s a tough place to go. They turned Man United over and it’s a tough place to go… maybe even tougher because I’m sure there’ll be a reaction from a disappointing result at Everton.”

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Thanks Alan 3:32 Thu Oct 24
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ted fenton 1:33 Thu Oct 24

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:55 Thu Oct 24
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THanks Alan

ted fenton 1:33 Thu Oct 24
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147man 1:19 Thu Oct 24

147man 1:19 Thu Oct 24
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Thanks Alan

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